What is it with me posting things MONTHS after they’ve been completed? Like seriously. If you’ve been around the industry blogs at all, you may have been bits and pieces from K+D’s wedding. That’s because it’s perfect. That’s because they’re perfect. That’s because they’re in love… and perfect.
I was lucky enough to get to jump in and help Karri at the end of her planning process with wrapping up the small details and making sure she was there to sip-and-smile on the day of her wedding [my preference for ALL of my clients]! Their wedding was shot by the over-the-top fun and talented duo at Hazelnut Photography, Jordana and Chris. Talk about vendors that know how to have a good time! From their photo booth to their infectious laughs, they’re always such a pleasure to be around- let alone work with!
The wedding and reception took place at the quaint, Tuscan-inspired estate Villa Del Sol D’Oro. And boy, was it lovely! This was my first time drooling all over the Villa… wait, I meant working there. But still both, at the same time. The lawn where the ceremony took place is perfect for any French inspired wedding style ceremony, with the long rows of tall trees flanking the reflection pond area below. Magic happens here at the Villa. It’s true! Now onto the lovely photos, which are PACKED with details because that Jordana knows how I roll and knows EXACLTY how to keep me crazy/happy [it’s a joint combo, gotta be both all the time!!]…
Karri should teach a Dress Diving 101 course. Just sayin’.
[Love that Karri just brought a fancy netted tulle along with her, for her sisters to whip up an impromptu, modern birdcage veil!!!]
I tend to tell my clients that they don’t need “much” time with their photographer spent on the “getting ready” shots. That’s because we all know that we’re working with a set number of hours, and we want the most relaxed, natural flow to your day possible [wedding and reception] and sometimes that requires what I call “breath” in the evening, which can push the timeline around a bit. But the important thing is to MAKE time for everything important. I absolutely adore this image above. It wasn’t that Jordana spent all day with Karri- she didn’t need to- but she still got what was important… that giddy pre-ceremony glow, and those ever-so-important finishing touches! Plus she snagged a few gorgeous portraits around the Villa pre-ceremony as well! Umm, like these!
These detail collages that Jords whipped up are making my heart swoon!! Drink it in, readers! Cause it’s going down smooth!
Something so cute about a boy holding a bouquet, right?? Let’s give those flowers just one more moment of our time…
Totally. All 3 bouquets had handkerchiefs from their father attached. Karri’s was monogrammed! I loved this personal touch, as their father had passed away suddenly earlier this year.
And of course, the guy’s ties!! They were all different, and all purchased from Toybreaker Tie Lab [via Etsy, whose tagline is “ties that don’t suck”]. Perfection.
K+D might be the 100% BEST example I’ve had yet of calm, cool and collected. They could have allowed themselves to be overwhelmed and flustered with all of the hiccups in their day [little hiccups in the scheme of life, but for one day- and an important one such as this- they did add up quickly]. Luckily she had Southern California’s best event design team standing by to problem-solve, shift, change, and correct everything that we could. We rocked it. And more than that, they rocked it, by staying themselves and allowing their love to rule!
The ceremony site was ridiculously beautifully detailed, thanks to Kerim at My Wedding Blooms, he even added on that elaborate petal pattern last minute, complimentary!!
As I mentioned briefly, Karri’s father had recently passed and this tribute to him was a small touch of showing what a special role he played in her life:
Now, originally the plan was for K+D to share a First Look photography moment, but because of our hiccups, that didn’t happen. They ended up seeing one another for the first time during the ceremony, and the emotions are unmistakable. Not that I’m not a fan of extra picture time, but sometimes tradition is worth sticking to your guns for [if you feel strongly about it]!!
Their faces were SO full of joy, and so expressive. I love that writing their own vows made it so insanely personal and emotional.
I feel like there’s always that one moment in the ceremony, where the enormity of the moment creeps it’s way in, and we’re [yes, we- guests, wedding party, bride/groom, and your VENDORS themselves] are overwhelmed by the beautiful reality of what is truly happening.
There’s a reason that my current business cards have the phrase Loving Love | Forever + Always on them. It’s because we do. Because of this. Because of these people. Truly, it’s an honor and a blessing.
Some lovely post-ceremony portraits:
Karri’s sisters were both serving bridesmaidal [yep, made it up- don’t hate] duties at the wedding. They danced their way down the aisle, full of life and fun and joy! This picture represents the tender relationship that only sisters could possible share, and I love everything, everything, EVERYTHING about it!
And of course, the bride and groom shots are fabulous as well!! Villa Del Sol D’Oro Weddings are unmistakable because of the classic, unique background that the estate provides. Truly- once you’re inside your breath is literally taken away!
Like I said, whenever you’re working with a historic estate style wedding venue, you’re pretty much covered picture-wise, ensuring that you’ll get some killer shots when working with the right photographer!!
And LOVING the smile-with-your-eyes moments we’ve got of Karri! She truly worked it. For sure. And of course I’m totally head-ova-heels for this stylish wedding party portrait below:
A few details as the day turned to night…
Signature drinks!!! I am so over the moon for a signature drink. It’s like the best thing ever. I really love it!
This picture here, above, makes me realize that love is like sap. It’s messy and it sticks to you [whether you want it to or not] and it’s all over the place, all the time. Especially if you’re looking. So into it.
Villa Del Sol D’Oro weddings are known for the patio area and the lush backyard landscaping. But for dancing, we moved the party indoors, to the spacious interior of the estate!
And to end on a high note, a cutey cute picture of their choreographed first dance! Loved it! The guests about died. It was a total love overload!
K+D: I think you know by now how much I adored being a part of your process. I know that the fabulousness just oozes from you and you have no control over it. You two are wonderfully beautiful inside and out. To say that your wedding was perfect nearly misses the true emotional aspect of it that was so present. But, it was. Because you are.
A quick list for you of their unforgettable vendor team:
Venue: Villa Del Sol D’Oro
Photographer: Hazelnut Photography
Florist: My Wedding Blooms, who also provided rentals!
Catering: Santa Anita Gardens Catering [hello!! Delicious and efficient, a coordinator’s dream!]
Coordinating: In The Now Weddings + Events
If you’re planning your own wedding at The Villa [as we’d love to get back there and you KNOW it], or ANYWHERE for that matter, please email me directly and let’s start the process together!
Happy Monday, y’all! Hoping that this post inspires you to have a colorful, wonderful, fruitful day!